The Victualiensmarkt is a daily outdoor market that has just about everything from breads, coffee, soup, to almost every fruit, vegetable, or dairy product available. The area covered is approximately two square blocks and operates through all four seasons. On Rindermarktstr. one finds a row of permanent butcher shops (10 or so) that compete with each other. Across the street is Victualiensmarkt.
I took a number of pictures of the market, but accidentally erased them. I will take more when I return to Munich as soon as the value of the dollar goes up (I hope).
In 1807 King Maximilian I recognizing that the marienplatz food market was overcrowded ordered some vendors to a new area south of the city center. Over the years, this small market has grown to 22000 sq meters and houses 140 purveyors. Buildings including hospitals have been replaced by this huge market. We had eaten and just strolled along the stands offering fruits, vegetables, meat, cheeses, honey, flowers, fish, baked goods, most everything. There are next to no kitsch stands. Food can be taken out to immediate consumption and there is an adjacent large beer garden. The diversity of offerings is noteworthy and included some quite exotic items. Compared to prices in the US for comparable items, the Viktualienmarkt is not cheap. But the displays were superb. The market is, BTW, not as innocent as it appears with all the individual vendors - it is a munincipal company owned and managed by the City of Munich. I expect that early in the day this market is mobbed with local trade stocking up for the day.
There were several ( I now learn 6 ) fountains which feature the likeness of 19th and 20th C musicians, folk artists, and actors. Ida Schumacher, imaged here, was an Amsdorf native who is dressed as her most famous role as The Ritz's Cleaning Lady.
Elevation of maypoles is tradition in European countries extending back to the 16th Century. Most feature symbols of the craft and guild unions in the their localities. In Munich, the craft of choice is been and the symbols reflect the 6 major breweries and supporting industries like barrle makers in the city. At the adjoining beer garden, the beer offered rotates on a regular schedule and the symbols at the top maypole is accordingly moved up and down.
It was only a matter of a couple of hundred metres and I found myself drifting through a market. Every day this happened and I quite looked forward to it, poking my head in and out of the stalls (pic 1) that were filled with fresh and cooked produce. Nothing like the smell of some hot broth to revive your spirits on an overcast, drizzling morning.
In the middle of 19th century the place Schrannen (former name of Marienplatz) was no longer sufficient for market trade, it was moved to the current location now named Viktualienmarkt (Viktualien is an old german word for food).
Fruit, vegetables, flowers, milk products, eggs, fowl, meat, fish and game of very good quality you will find here. The area encloses not only local products, but also Mediterranian, Asian and Latin-American products.
Six fountain monuments of famous Munich national actors and national singers are distributed about the whole Viktualienmarkt (pic 3). The popular national actors Karl Valentin and Liesl Karlstadt as well as the national singers Weiss Ferdl, Elise Aulinger, Roider Jakl and Ida Schumacher are to be seen here. I especially loved the statue of Mrs. Schumacher in her cleaning attire but sadly the photo has been lost.
At times the fountains are still decorated by the inhabitants of Munich with flowers. Every year on Shrove Tuesday the legendary dance of the market women takes place on the Viktualienmarkt.
The white-blue maypole in the middle of the place (pic 2) was donated by 6 big breweries in Munich which may dispense their beer alternately in the comfortable beer garden. The maypoles traditionally depict the trades that are available in the area.
This is a great place to check out the various food stalls. You can get all different cuts of meat, cheeses, breads etc... There are also lots of interesting fountains around the street here. The beer garden was pretty big and always packed. We would've stopped for a drink but there were never any seats open.
Enjoy a morning wandering through this pleasant outdoor market. Most of the booths are dedicated to food and crafts. Grab an apple! Be sure to wander along the butcher shops along the northwest areas of the market.
The Viktualienmarket dates back to the Middle Ages and is a great place to sample much of Munich's delectables. I would walk from stall to stall-unable to pronounce or recognize most of the fare, but pleasantly suprised when it reached my palate. There is a beergarden in the center of the outdoor market as well as stall where you can pick up fruits, veggies, flowers, fresh squeezed juices, wine, fish, sandwiches, soup or prepared meals.
We love street and food markets anyway, but Munich's Viktualienmarkt was an extra special treat. This market is very good selling everything from fresh meat to fresh fruit and vegetables, gormet wine to liters of beer, and neat gifts to strange canned goods. In the center of the market is Munich's Maypole which our Beer Tour guide later explained is essentially an advertisement for Munich's famous beer.
We arrived at the market early and set about collecting ourselves a nice picnic lunch of fresh bread, locally grown tomatoes, some unusual german cheeses, german reisling wine, and delicious cherries. With all that food packed away in our new Viktualienmarkt tote bag, we were all set for the perfect picnic lunch.
Although some shops open earlier and some close later, the general openning hours are Monday to Friday 10am - 6pm and Saturday 10am - 3pm.
Viktualienmarkt is a big marked square with stalls where they sell all kinds of foods, local handcrafts and other souvenires. The best part of if is the Beer garden, where you can have a beer, eat some of the food you bought of the stalls and people watch. There is always a lot of people even during winter.
Like many German cities Munich has a very lively market place, and here you will find it just to the south of Marienplatz in the famous Viktualienmarkt. Here there are many permanent, solid stalls selling all kinds of local produce, including cheeses, wines, fruit and vegetables. It's a colourful and bustling place, sometimes even late into the evening. It's also a great place to sit down and have a coffee, or even stop for a few at the market's own beer garden.
My travelguide claims that this is where Munich is the most "Munichy". I think that's only partly right. There are many locals doing their shopping here but I doubt that there isn't another market square somewhere in town where they aren't mixed with tourists.
Anyway, it's a nice place. I love markets, I enjoy the different stands and smells and to watch the people selling stuff. So of course I enjoyed Viktualienmarkt, too.
A daily market where you can basically find everything and you may be able to sell your goods as well.
The market is filled with history and also has a few nice monuments that that are dedicated to famous Bavarian comedians such Karl Valentin ,Lisl Karlstadt etc. A must to visit..
The opening times are on weekdays between 10 and 6 PM and on Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM.
For more info please refer to the URL I provided below..
I know it’s boring to hear a tourist say that the Vikgualienmarkt is a must but it’s really true and why don’t you explore it by……….plane! This three man plane was suspended from a huge crane when I went to Vikgualienmarkt last time and for all I know, it still is. Go on, you know it makes sense.